The end result of your treatment is a beautiful smile and straight teeth. To get to this end goal, your teeth need to be adjusted and moved. This process can cause some discomfort and soreness. Usually, this discomfort will subside after the first week, but what do you do during this initial stage of discomfort? Here are some tips on how to deal with this discomfort.
Eat Soft Foods
The best advice – eat soft foods. During the first week of your brace adjustment make sure to stick to soft foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can also break your food into smaller pieces to make chewing easier and less painful. Some of the more popular foods that you may enjoy during the discomfort stage of your braces include:
- Mashed potatoes
- Macaroni and cheese
Try not to touch your braces when they are sore as this will only make matters worse. Do not bend your wires or try to loosen them to alleviate your discomfort, this can result in either a broken wire or moving the wire too far out of place and making your last brace adjustment ineffective.
Use Your Wax
Brace wax is a lifesaver during this stage. Focus and apply the wax to the braces or wire in any area of your mouth which feels sensitive. Make sure to use the wax regularly and apply it for a long period of time to allow that part of your mouth to toughen up and fully heal. Brace wax is soft and is edible, so there is no need to worry about it when you are eating. Make sure to keep your wax with you for emergency pokey wires.
Stay Occupied and Active
The best way to deal with brace discomfort is to stay occupied and keep your mind focused on other things. This uncomfortable period will pass and is only temporary, so stay busy. Put some extra focus into your extracurricular activities or your schooling and see how much faster this time passes. Braces should not interfere with your daily routine.
These simple tips should alleviate the soreness and discomfort that is associated with brace adjustments. You may also use an over the counter pain reliever. It is important to keep in mind that all of these adjustments will give you a straight and beautiful smile. If you would like any other tips about how to deal with your brace discomfort or would like to know more about orthodontic treatment and how it can benefit you, please stop by or call today.